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TCFD Report Will Shape Future Expectations for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On June 29, 2017, the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD or Task Force) released its Final Report providing recommendations on voluntary climate-related financial disclosures. The recommendations,...more

The Financial CHOICE Act and Shareholder Engagement

by Bryan Cave on

The Financial CHOICE Act introduced in the House this spring has largely garnered attention because of its rollback of Dodd-Frank, but the bill would also significantly change the rules governing shareholder resolutions for...more

Financial Assurance Reform in Queensland

by DLA Piper on

Findings and recommendations by the Queensland Treasury Corporation in its Review of Queensland's Financial Assurance Framework report (April 2017) (QTC Paper) have manifested in substantial proposed reforms to Queensland's...more

Conservation Finance: An Increasingly Attractive Concept for Investors?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Broadly defined, conservation finance is the raising of capital to support the conservation of land, water and resources. This concept started with “debt for nature” swaps during the 1980s and 1990s whereby developing...more

Foley Hoag Releases Summary Report on Good Practices for Oil Pipelines, as Commissioned by the Dakota Access Consortium of Lenders

On May 9, we released a public summary of our report “Good Practice for Managing the Social Impacts of Oil Pipelines in the United States.” The independent report was prepared by Amy Lehr, Cicely Parseghian, and Gare...more

Non-compliance with carbon market rules could result in substantial penalties

by Dentons on

Ontario’s cap and trade program, which launched in January 2017, includes a number of rules regarding participation in the carbon market where emission allowances and offset credits are bought and sold. The stated purpose of...more

The Changing Climate is Changing the Way Financial Institutions Assess Risks and Opportunities

by Bryan Cave on

The financial sector is beginning to face up to the reality of climate change. Increasingly, banks and other financial institutions are managing the immense pool of capital they control with an eye towards the risks posed –...more

SEC Issues a Call for Comments on All Aspects of the Conflict Minerals Rule

On January 31, the Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Michael Piwowar, issued an call for comments with regard to the conflict minerals rule. The rule was originally adopted by the SEC in...more

Green Bond Assessments

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

“Green Bonds” are a relatively new trend in the bond market. They offer investors an opportunity to invest in “green projects” that help mitigate climate change. Categories of green projects include renewable energy, energy...more

Dentons Global Energy Summit 2016 Analysis

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On 17 May 2016, Dentons' third annual Global Energy Summit brought together key industry leaders to discuss current challenges facing the energy sector and the opportunities arising from them. Over 200 delegates and 50...more

Reform of the law on renewable energy

by DLA Piper on

Although an inadequate and fragmented regulatory framework, caused by a lack of financing, has hindered the development of the renewable energy sector in Morocco for many years, the Kingdom now has one of the most ambitious...more

Investment trends in renewable energy in Australia

by DLA Piper on

Australia's ability to achieve its renewable energy target has been hampered in recent years by excess supply and falling demand in the wholesale electricity market and political uncertainty regarding incentives for renewable...more

Apple Leads the Way as Green Bonds Set to Grow in 2016

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Green bonds are fixed-income debt instruments earmarked for environmental or climate change initiatives. As companies undertake more “green” initiatives, including investing in renewable energy generation, the green bond...more

SBIC Report: SBA Announces Proposed Rule Creating the Impact SBIC

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) proposed a new rule that would define a new class of Small Business Investment Companies (SBIC). These SBICs are called “Impact SBICs” and are designed to generate positive...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Climate Change Disclosures in 2016

by WilmerHale on

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from environmental disclosures and risk...more

What Does COP-21 Mean for Business?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

6 Answers From Around the Globe - The historic COP-21 Paris Agreement on climate change is the first major development in the climate area at the international level since adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in...more

ERISA Fiduciaries May Factor Climate Change Issues Into Economic Analysis of Investments

by Foley Hoag LLP on

New guidance from the US Department of Labor (“DOL”) clarifies the role of environmental, social and governance issues (referred to as “ESG factors”) in investment decisions by ERISA fiduciaries. ERISA Interpretive Bulletin...more

2015 Energy Year in Review

Dear Clients and Friends, At Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, we are committed to our clients, in good times and bad. In today's low commodity price environment, the need for creative solutions is especially vital....more

Quarterly Review of Seed, Series A and Series B/Later Round Financings: First Quarter 2015

by Foley Hoag LLP on

The Numbers - Venture financing activity in New England decreased modestly in the first quarter of 2015 (-12%) with Seed and B/ Later round activity each decreasing by roughly 20% over Q4 2014. Despite this overall...more

Russian Legislation Update

by White & Case LLP on

Investments Industrial Clusters and Parks - On 31 July and 4 August 2015, the Government adopted Resolution No. 779 in relation to industrial clusters and their specialized organizations and Resolution No. 794 in...more

2014 Cleantech and Renewables IPO Statistics

by Mintz Levin on

IPO recovery? Last year was the most active year for IPOs in the United States since 2000. That’s right: an astounding 275 IPOs were completed in 2014, topping the 2013 total of 222 by more than 23%. Total U.S. IPO proceeds...more

Accounting for Sustainability

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

A number of U.S. states have created new corporate forms that let companies focus on sustainability and other social goals, as well as shareholder value. Now, we are seeing the “logical next step” in corporate sustainability,...more

Senate Hearing on Extending the MLP Rules to Renewables

On July 31, 2013, the Senate Finance Subcommittee Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure held a hearing on the Master Limited Partnership Parity Act (S. 765). The bill would extend the master limited partnership (MLP)...more

Innovations and Opportunities in Energy Efficiency Finance

In this white paper: - Introduction - Energy Efficiency Finance Structures, New and Familiar, and Negotiating Key Agreements - Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Applying REITs to Energy...more

Episode 78 – Scott Potter Discusses Channel Strategy for Natural Products

In Episode 78 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on September 29, 2012, on 960 KNEW AM radio), show moderator Dick Lyons, co-founder of Wendel Rosen’s sustainable business practice group, welcomes Scott Potter, managing...more

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